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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

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The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on February 24, 2013 at 12:52am

Thanks for the videos Flying Atheist! Must be a fantastic feeling to play in an orchestra! I practised on the keyboard but I could never get over the right handed - left handed confusion in my head. So I gave it up and try to create beauty in other ways.

I also loved "His Dark Materials" very much, Ian! I was thinking of the book my parents gave me to read a hundred years ago; "The Pilgrim's Progress" with mysterious old steel engravings. Quite thrilling to an isolated ten year old, but even then it came to me that the author never explained WHY the baddies wanted to be bad, and it weakened the story very much. Pullman draws a world in which every person has his/her own intentions, and it's thoroughly believable. Lyra, the main character, doesn't realize that she is in a big story and has to do her part (unlike Frodo in the Lord of the Rings) - she just tries to fulfill a promise to a friend. I love that, it makes a wonderful difference!  

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 12:37am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 12:26am

Joan, that's a really great story.  Music is always capable of bringing joy into people's lives.  Even if you "had no music talent," as you put it, it sounds like you certainly can appreciate all that music can offer.  Thanks for sharing a wonderful family story.  I'm sure you treasure your father's instruments. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:25am

PS: to Grinning Cat, I love the Spy Cat.  Neither of mine are agile enough to climb that high anymore (one is 14 and the other is 15), but they still try.  They're both sacked out right now.  I think I'll follow their example.

G'NITE-ALL!  ;>)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:20am

Oh, wow!  I've been meaning to get those books, and I get sidetracked. (I just received a first edition of the original ELOISE by Kay Thompson; it's somewhat battered, but for $0.75 plus S&H, I can't complain.)

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2013 at 11:31pm

Just finished Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Wow! I can thoroughly recommend it to all from age 13 and up.

Onward to the republic of heaven!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 23, 2013 at 10:34pm

For booklover:

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
The Flying Atheist, I bet your niece is eager. The time will come when you and she can have a nice jam session together.
My Dad's name was Jules and when he was in the second grade his class read a book called "Jules the Drake", about a duck who ate everything he could find and the king's men captured him and jailed him. He coughed up a bee that stung the jailer, a ladder that he used to climb over the wall, and several other items I long ago forgot. In any event, his little class mates started calling him Drake, and the name stayed with him even to his tombstone. As a child, they had only radio and chores so the whole family took up music ... Dad played sax and clarinet, an uncle play banjo, an aunt sang, and one played the piano. When he was a young man he started a dance band called "Drake and his Ducklings" and they played all over the inland NW at granges and places like that. Whenever our families got together, there was always a jam session and we little kids joined in as we showed interest. My cousin became a classical pianist; sadly, I had no music talent. When I saw you with your sax I remembered the pre-and post-WWII music they played and it brought sweet memories. I still have Dad's instruments.
Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:04pm
Of pictures - typing on my iPhone - sorry about the typo
Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:03pm
Had a fun day viewing the Whooping Cranes - I have a lot if pictures. Driving back tomorrow and then hope to post some pics.
 

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